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It’s Snowing In The Northeast

techcrunch.com — You might not know it, because maybe you're in some wonderful part of the country covered in sunshine warmth and rainbows, but for real people who live in the north east, it's snowing. It's been snowing for 24 hours now. It's blown up with the media.

TC GameCast Episode 5: Oculus Rift And Picking A Game Console

techcrunch.com — This week Darrell Etherington, Ed Zitron, and I spent most of the podcast talking about the Oculus Rift, with a slight detour into the world of consoles in the latter half. Yesterday, Oculus announced that it has an internal "Story Studio" working on short virtual reality films. The team is led by Saschka Unseld, best-know for directing The Blue Umbrella, a well-received short film from Pixar.

Snapchat Launches Discover

techcrunch.com — Snapchat now has a Discover feature, which will let you see content from brands like ESPN, CNN, Vice and Warner Music. According to the blog post and video (embedded below), users will be able to watch a special brand-delivered story from a Discover page.

The Case That Turns Your Phone Into A Polaroid Camera Is Now On Kickstarter

techcrunch.com — The Prynt case, which lets you print photos directly from your phone, is now available for pre-order on Kickstarter. While the startup still plans for its case to retail for $99, early backers can get it for $49. As you can see the in the video above, we bumped into Prynt a few weeks back at CES.
Jan 27, 2015

RT @TechCrunch: The Case That Turns Your Phone Into A Polaroid Camera Is Now On Kickstarter tcrn.ch/15IgnrJ by @kylebrussell pic.twitter.com/UnZAEN6Ii7

Jan 27, 2015

The Case That Turns Your Phone Into A Polaroid Camera Is Now On Kickstarter tcrn.ch/15IgnrJ (uses printing tech from MA-based Zink)

Encrypted Messaging App Wickr Hides Behind Cats To Post Facebook Pics Privately

techcrunch.com — Cat photos are some of the most popular images on the web today, and encrypted messaging service Wickr is tapping into that, along with one of the classic tricks of the spy trade called steganography, to launch a new service that marks its first foray into the wider world of social networking: a way to post Facebook photos from Wickr by hiding them behind pictures of cute kitties.
Jan 27, 2015

RT @TechCrunch: Encrypted Messaging App Wickr Uses Steganographic Cats To Post Facebook Pics Privately tcrn.ch/1JzVGgS by @ingridlunden

Jan 27, 2015

Wickr says it didn't run its idea by FB before integrating this cat trick for hiding images techcrunch.com/2015/01/27/wic… Hope it doesn't get axed

Jan 27, 2015

Encrypted Messaging App Wickr Hides Behind Cats To Post Facebook Pics Privately techcrunch.com/2015/01/27/wic… tip @Techmeme

Facebook And Instagram Go Offline, Taking Facebook Log-In Services Down Too

techcrunch.com — Gather yourselves and your loved ones, important news incoming... both Facebook and Instagram are down right now. It isn't clear what's keeping two of the world's most popular social networks offline at this point, but WhatsApp - the chat app that is also owned by Facebook - is online, which suggests that there isn't a total outage at Menlo Park.
Jan 27, 2015

RT @jonrussell: Facebook says its hour-long outage was not due to a third party attack as some had claimed tcrn.ch/1BtzMrE pic.twitter.com/5n4prmnfIB

Jan 27, 2015

Facebook says its hour-long outage was not due to a third party attack as some had claimed tcrn.ch/1BtzMrE pic.twitter.com/5n4prmnfIB

Jan 27, 2015

RT @TechCrunch: Facebook And Instagram Go Offline, Taking Facebook Log-In Services Down Too tcrn.ch/1BtzMrE by @jonrussell

Roadie Launches As The Uber For Shipping And Delivery

techcrunch.com — The story behind the $10 million investment that's launching Roadie, which is unveiling its Uber-like marketplace for the shipping industry today, begins with a shipment of broken tiles. Serial entrepreneur Marc Gorlin was heading down from Atlanta to his place in Perdido Key, Fla.
Jan 27, 2015

If Roadie isn't a billion dollar company in five years or less, I'm eating my shoes. techcrunch.com/2015/01/27/roa…

Jan 27, 2015

RT @horwitzjosh: Another ‘Uber for Logistics’ startup emerges from stealth. Investors include UPS >> techcrunch.com/2015/01/27/roa…

Alibaba Affiliate Ant Credit Launches $80M Financing Program For Female Entrepreneurs In China

techcrunch.com — Ant Credit, a company affiliated with e-commerce giant Alibaba, announced today that it will set up a financing program for female entrepreneurs in China with a 500 million RMB ($80 million) loan from International Finance Corp (IFC). The loan program can potentially boost the amount of borrowers who use Ant Financial's services.
Jan 27, 2015

RT @TechCrunch: Alibaba Affiliate Ant Credit Launches $80M Financing Program For Female Entrepreneurs In China tcrn.ch/1JV82hD by @catherineshu

Jan 27, 2015

Alibaba Affiliate Ant Credit Launches $80M Financing Program For Female Entrepreneurs In China tcrn.ch/1JV82hD

Food Delivery Service Ele.me Raises $350M From Tencent, Sequoia Capital

techcrunch.com — Ele.me, a food delivery service based in Shanghai, announced this afternoon (link via Google Translate) that it has raised $350 million in Series E funding from CITIC, Tencent, JD.com, Dianping.com, and Sequoia China. The investment is notable because Tencent, e-commerce company JD.com, and restaurant review site Dianping.com are closely aligned.
Jan 27, 2015

Now Baidu, Alibaba & Tencent each have a restaurant delivery play: Ele․me Raises $350M From Tencent, Sequoia Capital tcrn.ch/18nULTm

Jan 27, 2015

RT @TechCrunch: Food Delivery Service Ele․me Raises $350M From Tencent, Sequoia Capital tcrn.ch/18nULTm by @catherineshu

New Loan Refinancing Tool And $17M Round Shows The Importance Of Earnest

techcrunch.com — Louis Beryl, the founder of the personal lending (and now student loan refinancing) business Earnest, knows a thing or three about student debt. When Beryl was trying to drum up loans for grad school, he'd run into a problem. Nobody would lend to him - and when they did, the rates were extortionate.
Jan 27, 2015

New Loan Refinancing Tool And $17M Round Shows The Importance Of Earnest wp.me/p1FaB8-4F3o

Facebook Continues To Dominate Social Logins, Expands Lead To 61% Market Share

techcrunch.com — Facebook has long been the dominant player in social logins and it continues to expand its lead, according to the latest data from identity management platform Gigya. For the first time since 2011, Facebook surpassed the 60 percent mark and powered 61 percent of all social logins on Gigya's network in the last quarter of 2014 (up from 58 percent in the previous quarter and up 10 percent from a year ago).
Jan 27, 2015

RT @TechCrunch: Facebook Continues To Dominate Social Logins, Expands Lead To 61% Market Share tcrn.ch/1ENyJnA by @fredericl

Atlassian Launches HipChat Server, Doubles Down On Team Collaboration

techcrunch.com — It's been almost three years since Atlassian acquired HipChat and the product is now at the center of the company's strategy as it doubles down on team collaboration. Today, it's launching a new version of HipChat for enterprise users who want (or need) to run the service on their private networks.

Fuse Raises $2.8M For Design-Centric App Development Platform

techcrunch.com — Fuse, an Oslo and now Palo Alto-based startup offering a iOS and Android app development platform, emerged from stealth today while also announcing $2.8 million in new funding as it heads to launch. The funding was led by investor Northzone, a Nordic firm and Spotify backer.
Jan 27, 2015

Fuse Raises $2.8M For Design-Centric App Development Platform: ift.tt/1yqVzvr

JD.com Beefs Up Its Imported Food Business To Compete Against Alibaba

techcrunch.com — JD.com, the second-largest e-commerce company in China after Alibaba, has unveiled a major push to grow its imported food business. The company will partner with food producers from the U.S., Australia, Canada, Chile, France, and New Zealand. The program is significant because imported food is one of China's fastest-growing markets and therefore an important vertical for Alibaba, JD.com, and other e-commerce companies.
Jan 27, 2015

JD․com Beefs Up Its Imported Food Business To Compete Against Alibaba tcrn.ch/1JU2Wm3

With $2.1M In Funding, GrubMarket Connects Consumers With Local Farms And Food Producers

techcrunch.com — If you love farmers market produce but hate going to the farmers market, then GrubMarket is a thing you should check out. Its marketplace connects consumers with locally sourced and organic food from nearby farms and producers in a number of cities around the country.
Jan 27, 2015

Hey look! It's another local farm to your door delivery startup! tcrn.ch/1JAcSmm

Prosper Marketplace Buys American Healthcare Lending For $21 Million

techcrunch.com — Online lending company Prosper Marketplace has agreed to buy American Healthcare Lending in a $21 million deal to further diversify its lending platform. Salt Lake City-based American Healthcare is a network that gives doctors and other healthcare providers the ability to offer loans to patients for elective medical procedures at their offices.
Jan 27, 2015

RT @leimer: Prosper Marketplace Buys American Healthcare Lending For $21 Million | TechCrunch techcrunch.com/2015/01/27/pro…

Colu Aims To Bring Blockchain Technology Everywhere

techcrunch.com — Since its inception, investors have looked at the blockchain technology that powers Bitcoin's cryptocurrency as a new platform to bring a new level of trust to real world transactions. Now, Colu, a Tel Aviv-based startup has launched to develop a platform to make that vision a reality.

Uber Is Running In New Delhi Under A “No-Profit” Model Pending License Approval

techcrunch.com — Uber has been known to take a hit to its margins in its bigger bid to gain market share for its transportation services. But now, in the city of New Delhi, it is operating for no profit.
Jan 27, 2015

RT @TechCrunch: Uber Is Running In New Delhi Under A "No-Profit" Model Pending License Approval tcrn.ch/1yYsFYT by @ingridlunden

Apple Patents Snap-On Game Controller And Keyboard Accessories For iPhone

techcrunch.com — Apple has a new patent (via AppleInsider) that covers modular accessories for mobile devices like the iPhone, which include a physical gamepad with action buttons, D-pads and analog joysticks; a QWERTY hardware keyboard for typing; additional camera, speaker and microphone units; and even a full, secondary multitouch input like a trackpad.
Jan 27, 2015

RT @TechCrunch: Apple Patents Snap-On Game Controller And Keyboard Accessories For iPhone tcrn.ch/1yL25SL by @drizzled